Political Gabfest on Seymour Hersh’s controversial claims, President Obama’s fight with Democrats over trade, and Jeb Bush’s vacillating views on the Iraq war.

Sy Hersh Is a Cranky Old Crank

Sy Hersh Is a Cranky Old Crank

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
May 15 2015 10:36 AM

The “I Don’t Mean to Yell at You, but I Feel Good Doing It” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Seymour Hersh’s conspiratorial counter-narrative of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush’s retrospective view of the Iraq war.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Seymour Hersh’s controversial claims of a monumental conspiracy in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama’s ongoing battle with Democrats over Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush’s very bad week full of vacillating views on the Iraq war.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

Emily chatters about the 30th anniversary of the Move bombing and the documentary Let the Fire Burn, which chronicles the story.


John chatters about the day (May 14, 1789) Congress officially adopted the title “president of the United States.”

David chatters about Disney’s seemingly tone-deaf The Princess of North Sudan.

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